Probiotic - Strain After Strain After Strain
What Are The Different Probiotic Strains?
The main strains you will see used in probiotics are the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains. But before we begin a nutrition facts for the strains in a probiotic pill can be complicated and confusing so let us break it down for you.
In this example we will use the product Synbiotic 365 as a random example to break down how to interpret the names.
As you can see it might be a little tricky trying to interpret the full name of the strain. Here’s how you do it:
Lactobacillus is the genus, and gasseri is the species, and BNR17 is the strain. The strain is much like a fingerprint that allows for it to be modified but still belonging to the genus.
If you go along and see a probiotic put Gasseri instead of the full name “Lactobacillus Gasseri” don’t be alarmed.
Lactobacillus VS. Bifidobacterium
One key distinction between the two of them are the fact that lactobacillus usually colonizes in the small intestine, but Bifidobacterium colonizes in the large intestine (the colon).
Why Lactobacillus & Bifidobacterium?
Well these two have history, science, and studies to show that they bring about the most benefits to your health so it’s a natural choice for most manufacturers.